India’s ‘Blue Tigers’ maul Thailand 4-1 at Asian Cup

Heather Diaz
January 8, 2019

"In the second period, India were more aggressive, and they clearly wanted the victory", Rajevac said.

For Thailand, the lone goal came from Teerasil Dangda.

The prolific striker put India back in front immediately after the interval, before further goals from Anirudh Thapa and substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua furthered India's advantage. Sunil Chhetri - who surpassed Lionel Messi as the second highest active worldwide goal-scorer after his brace - was praised for his impeccable performance.

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Amid rumours of rifts between the coach and the players, Constantine's job was rumoured to be on the line, ultimately dependant on India's performance in the Asian Cup.

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"Around the 25-30 minute mark, you saw them [Thailand] pass and we just couldn't touch them".

On Sunday, he went past the Argentine superstar in the list of goals scored by an active footballer on the global arena, leading, as he has so many times done, his country to its first win in the AFC Asian Cup since 1964. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (85) tops the Indian among active players.

Constantine's men marked their return to the continental showpiece event after an eight-year hiatus with a brilliant second half display to secure a surprise triumph against the more-fancied War Elephants to move top of Group A. "It means so much for me and the whole team, the way you have supported us all the way. Chhetri gives everything every game he plays whether he's captain or not". There are some goals which you just celebrate because of the team-effort behind that and Thapa's goal was one of them.

India, who had only 34 per cent possession in the match, thrashed Thailand 4-1, to take all three-point and take pole position in Group A. But it's just one game.

"It is a cliché as it is just another match for us".

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